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Evidence-Based Assessment of Faith-Based Programs: Do Faith-Based Programs "Work" to Reduce Recidivism?

NCJ Number
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation Volume: 50 Issue: 6 Dated: August - September 2011 Pages: 367-383
Kimberly D. Dodson; Leann N. Cabage; Paul M. Klenowski
Date Published
17 pages
This study assessed the effectiveness of faith-based programs for reducing recidivism.
Faith-based organizations administer many of the prison-based programs aimed at reducing recidivism. Many of these organizations also manage treatment programs for substance abusers, at-risk juveniles, and ex-offenders. Much of the research on religiosity and delinquency indicates that the two are inversely related. Therefore, it seems plausible that faith-based programs, which are rooted in religious organizations, may be effective tools for reducing deviant and criminal behavior. However, it is unclear whether the empirical evidence supports such a claim. This study is an evidence-based assessment of the effectiveness of faith-based programs for reducing recidivism. The results of this study indicate that faith-based programs "work" to reduce recidivism. Directions for future research are discussed. (Published Abstract)